Kaimes Hill

A hill located close to the western boundary of the City of Edinburgh, Kaimes Hill rises to 259m (849 feet) a mile (1.5 km) east southeast of Kirknewton. An abandoned quarry on its western slopes was used as a landfill site for more than 100,000 tonnes of domestic and commercial waste from Edinburgh. Judged to have contravened its licence, the site closed in 2001 and the landscape was subsequently restored.

On the summit are the remains of a Pictish hill fort, much of which was destroyed by the quarrying operations. Excavations in 1893 and in the 1960s have identified three phases of occupation, from the Iron-Age through to the Roman Period.


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